Why fingerprints and other biometrics are not as efficient
September 13 , 2013
Weak passwords are usually blamed when there are breaches in security but it turns out replacing them with biometrics would be a mistake.
There has been a lot of discussion on this topic over the past couple of years and now that Apple has introduced its new devices with this feature, the burgeoning industry is expected to gain a lot of momentum.
However, it is essential to consider the fact that people's biometrics are constantly exposed and it is not hard to spoof someone's fingerprints left behind at bars, restaurants, etc. When someone's fingerprints are compromised, they would always be at risk. The reason for this is the fact that people's biometrics cannot be altered. This failure would be extremely hard to overcome.
It is also a mistake to believe that this sort of protection cannot be bypassed since there are ways to for instance, exploit the hardware.
Although, biometrics are better than having nothing but like any other security measures, they do have vulnerabilities. Once compromised, the damage is permanent.